Driftwood Players

"Romeo and Juliet" Oct. - Nov. 1971

By William Shakespeare, Directed by Bob Parks
Costumes Designed by Mrs. Robert Parks, Costume Construction Beverly Bare - South Bend

Gail Lindskov (Juliet)


Larry Sleasman (Romeo)

Dave Savage (Montague)

Jane Mezera (Lady Capulet)


Ray Phillips (Prince Escalus)


Dan Ayres (Peter)


Lane Youmans (Benvolio) Betty Gretsch (Nurse) Mike Bennett (Mercutio)


Bob Heth (Balthazar) Lane Youmans, Mike Bennett, Richard Nixon (Abraham)


John Wolfe (Friar Lawrence) Gail Lindskov


Gordon Miller (Sampson) Ray Phillips


Paul Youmans (Thybalt)

Dan Ayres, Jerry Newman (Paris)

Pictures courtesy of  Bob Parks

From The Daily World Saturday, October 23, 1971

'Romeo And Juliet' Classic Well Done

By Betty Butler
Entertainment Editor

    In "Romeo and Juliet," which opened at the Driftwood Playhouse last night, the Harbor's Driftwood Players have done a creditable job with a most difficult play.

    Several very good performances mark the local production of Shakespeare's famous love tragedy, further sparked by simple but effective sets and impressive costuming.

    Larry Sleasman, a young man from North Beach who makes his Driftwood debut in this play, is an effective and believable Romeo, and Gail Lindskov a lovely young Juliet.

    Our nomination for best supporting actress would go to Betty Gretsch for her portrayal of Juliet's talkative nurse, and awarding of a trophy for supporting actor would entail a hard decision between Mike Bennett's high-spirited Mercutio and John Wolfe's Friar Lawrence. Lane Youmans also did a good job as Romeo's friend Banvolio, while his older brother, Paul, better known to Harbor audiences, was on the other side of the Capulet-Montague feud, playing Thybalt, Juliet's cousin.

    OTHER ROLES in the two families were taken by Bud Eddy and Jane Mezera as the Lord and Lady Capulet, by Dave Savage and Pat Stevenson as the Montagues, by Gordon Miller, Daryl Merrick, Richard Nixon and Dan Ayres as kinsmen and servants, by Jerry Newman as Juliet's betrothed, and Ray Phillips as the Prince of Verona who was compelled to settle the blood feud between the two families.

    Bob Parks directed a well-paced play in which the sometimes-tedious long speeches were broken up with action. The authentic-looking costumes were designed by Mrs. Robert Parks and made by Beverly Bare of South Bend.

    Gordon Miller was stage manager, and set design was by Jerry Newman. Carol Stubb was in charge of properties, Tom Barton handled the very effective lighting, and Marie Hannan did the choreography for the Capulet's ball.

    The play will show again tonight and the nights of Oct. 29 and 30 and Nov. 5 and 6.

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